Do we ever feel that we are doomed to die?
In the first reading we see that, many times, the doom in front of us is self imposed. In complaining to Moses the people were punished by The Lord. Through the impending “doom” of a certain death, the people came to Moses and repented saying, “We have sinned in complaining against The LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.” God’s response to the prayer of Moses rescued the people and reassured them of God’s love. He heard “the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die.”
Jesus’ predicts His death but offers hope instead of doom. Jesus reminds His people: “You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world.” We are called to live this in our daily lives. To be “in” the world but not of “it”. Jesus reminds us that as the bronze serpent was mounted on a pole to cure the people so “when you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me.”
The seraph, mounted on the pole, released those doomed to die. Jesus, lifted high on the cross, saves us from death.